DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek has formally stopped receiving sewage from the North Peace.
To prevent residents from dumping sewage illegally, Dawson Creek stepped up to accept the sewage from rural residents on the other side of the river until a proper facility was built. And, last summer, the Peace River Regional District opened a facility in Charlie Lake.
Dawson Creek Mayor, Dale Bumstead, says Monday’s City Council meeting was the formal end of the arrangement.
“It really doesn’t change anything for us in terms of what we’ve been doing for a period of time now,” said Mayor Bumstead. “The Charlie Lake Sewage System is open and available for rural areas in the North Peace.”
Mayor Bumstead also says that they still accept effluent from rural residents in the South Peace, and this means residents in the North Peace don’t have to haul it as far any more.
According to an administrative report, Dawson Creek has received $400,000 from the Peace River Regional District to fund design work for a sani-dump facility, in exchange for guaranteed access for rural residential sewage.
If it is eventually built, it would provide service for at least 20 years.
The project is estimated to cost between $3.5 – 4 million to construct. As Gas Tax Funding wasn’t approved for the project, City staff identified funding in the Five Year Capital Plan to construct the facility.